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how to test a new switch without adverse affect

baselzind
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We brought a new core switch (cat 9500) with the intention of shifting to it , however i would like to test some uplink to make sure the link will go up on the shifting day , however I'm worried if i connect the new switch it would mess the vtp or the spanning tree. would there be any effect to my current network if i connect my current old switches to a port with empty configuration on the new core switch? 

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Hello,

what are you trying to test, just the physical and the layer 2 connectivity (interface up/line protocol up) ? If you are worried about VTP, put the switch in 'VTP transparent' mode, other than that, I do not really see a problem with testing an uplink port.

balaji.bandi
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you can configure new switch not become root bridge and make it transparent mode (rather a VTP participant).

connect the devices to exiting network and check each uplink. not to partcipate any routing.

 

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baselzind
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what about the spanning tree? would a new empty switch effect my PVST?

you can configure new switch not become root bridge - set the high priorty

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Leo Laohoo
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At the very least, configure both ends on a VLAN that goes nowhere, like a VLAN that does not even exist in the VLAN database of the active unit.

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